Finite verb – verbe fini


Let's Define It!

What's a *finite verb*?

A finite verb (un verbe fini) is one that shows (1) tense, (2) person and (3)number (not necessarily in that order. It is finite because it is complete in that regard.

When looking at a finite verb, one becomes immediately aware of the three aspects mentioned above.

  • Elle mange une pomme.
  • Tu as dit quelque chose.
  • Je vous verrai demain.

Simply put, a finite verb is one that is conjugated.

By contrast, non-finite verbs do not reveal these traits. Past participles or infinitives are considered non-finite.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here are some examples of finite verbs revealing tense, number and person -- they will be underlined below for your convenience

Elle savait déjà la vérité. / She already knew the truth.

Nous irons en France la semaine prochaine. We will go to France next week.

Quand doivent-ils passer nous rendre visite? / When must they come visit us?


Let's Take a Quiz!

What did you learn?